Katie Cupcake Life With ME May12BlogBomb 2016 Chronic Illness ME Post

Knowing Your Limits Does Not Make You Negative! // May 12 Blog Bomb // Chronic Illness Post

Hi guys!

You may or may not know that it is *ME Awareness Week.  If you’re a regular reader, you will already know that I have M.E.  If you’re not, and want to know a bit more about the illness, I’ve written about that here.  The purpose of ME Awareness Week is literally that – to raise awareness of this often very misunderstood chronic illness.  As the charity Action for ME say, “While we work to increase understanding of M.E. throughout the year, M.E. Awareness Month offers an opportunity to really highlight the impact of the condition in the press and among professionals and the general public”.

May12BlogBomb 2016 CFS ME Awareness Post

The reason that awareness is so important is that it’s an invisible illness – it is misunderstood, hard to diagnose, and there is currently no cure (or even effective treatment).  As ME can make you so unwell, sufferers often stop being able to spend time with family and friends, and may have to stop working.  We can become isolated as we are stuck at home and don’t really get to be out in society.  This means that others often don’t see the true toll the illness takes on their loved one.  I went from working full time, exercising regularly, training with a roller derby team and spending lots of time socialising to being bedridden in a fairly short period of time.  If you want to read last year’s ME Awareness Week post, you can find it here.  I explain more of my story, from my symptoms, how my life was affected and how I imagine my future without chronic illness.

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Hydrotherapy Treatment for ME Fibromyalgia Chronic Pain

MY HYDROTHERAPY TREATMENT // FINAL SESSION AND AFTER-EFFECTS // CHRONIC ILLNESS

Hi guys!

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve read the rest of my hydrotherapy series of posts.  If not, this one won’t make as much sense, so catch up with the previous posts.  I’ll wait here for you – pop back when you’re done!

Hydrotherapy Treatment for ME Fibromyalgia Chronic Pain

I’ve finally finished my hydrotherapy sessions!  I won’t go back over what the actual hydrotherapy entails, as you can find all that information in my earlier posts.  I just wanted to tell you how I found the last two sessions, how my health was affected and what I’m planning to do going forward.

I was given a series of six sessions by the NHS.  Sadly I was too unwell to go to two of them (as they are every week for six weeks, so I struggled to recover in time for the next ones at first).  They were kind enough to give me one extra, but couldn’t fit me in for two additional ones – so I had five sessions in total.  On the plus side, the two times I was too unwell to go, I had to ring and tell them on the day, but found they were very understanding and didn’t make me feel bad like some hospitals do.

“The two times I was too unwell to go, the hospital were very understanding”

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Five Things I Tell Myself That Are Not True as a Spoonie

5 Things I Tell Myself as a Spoonie…That Aren’t True! // Chronic Illness

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I think most people have thoughts that repeat themselves over and over in their brains, but they would never say out loud.  If they did, they would probably realise they’re not really true… but we are all so critical of ourselves.  We would never dream of pointing out a friend’s ‘imperfections’ or telling them they weren’t good enough, but for some reason we see no problem in doing it to ourselves!

Five Things I Tell Myself That Are Not True as a Spoonie

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Nimble - The one finger wonder tool review - disability chronic illness aids

Nimble – The One Finger Wonder Tool! [Sponsored]

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I hope you’re all well today, and if not – sending spoons/love your way!  Today’s post is all about a handy new gizmo that is currently making my life much easier.  This gadget is tiny, but you’d be surprised how much it can do.  I’m already imagining all the different uses for it!

Nimble - The one finger wonder tool review - disability chronic illness aids

 

This is a sponsored post. I was provided the product in exchange for an honest review and have been compensated for my time through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by Version22 Designs or Chronic Illness Bloggers.  As always, I will only tell you I like something if I truly do.

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Hydrotherapy Treatment for ME Fibromyalgia Chronic Pain

MY HYDROTHERAPY TREATMENT // PART 4 // CHRONIC ILLNESS POST

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I’m back with another installment in the tales of my hydrotherapy treatment!  If you haven’t read my previous posts, you can find them here: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3.

Hydrotherapy Treatment for ME Fibromyalgia

After my first session, I definitely experienced some side effects.  For the rest of the day of my first session, I actually felt pretty good.  I had a bit of energy and the pain wasn’t too bad – I feel like I was probably running on adrenaline.  I expected to wake up feeling awful the next day, but I didn’t.  Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t feel well, but I felt my usual level of unwell.  It was the day after that (so 2 days after the hydro) that the post-exertational malaise kicked in…

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Katie Cupcake Life With ME - One Year Blog Anniversary

Happy Easter And My One Year Blog-iversary!

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Just popping in to wish you all a very happy Easter!  I’m not actually religious, but my family from elsewhere in the country come to stay in Leeds, so I always go home to my Mum’s and spend some time with them.  Whether you celebrate Easter or not, I hope you have a nice, relaxing few days (hopefully not at work?) and manage to eat at least one chocolate egg!

For my fellow spoonie readers, I really hope your body allows you a few pain-free days to enjoy yourself (we can wish, right?)

I also realised, it’s one year today since I started my blog!  You can find my first ever blog post here.  This is a really proud moment for me, as I started my blog not long after a big M.E crash which left me struggling to do even the basics of washing, dressing and feeding myself.  I was on long-term sick leave, but struggling to adjust mentally to such a big change in my health.

Katie Cupcake Life With ME - One Year Blog Anniversary

Happy Blog-iversary to me!

I started the blog as a way to keep my mind focused and healthy and to try and use my chronic illness experiences to help others if possible.  My obsession with makeup couldn’t be held back either, so it morphed into what it is today – a beauty and chronic illness blog!  A strange mixture, but I am really happy with my blog now, and feel it really represents my personality.

Thank you SO much to those of you who have kept reading along the way, and I really hope you stick with me for the rest of my journey.  Everyone that reads, likes or shares my posts, and leaves comments – it truly means the world to me!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Katie xx

Hydrotherapy for ME and Fibromyalgia

MY HYDROTHERAPY TREATMENT // PART 3 // CHRONIC ILLNESS POST

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If you haven’t followed my hydrotherapy so far, you can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

I have now finally had my first actual hydrotherapy session!  If you follow me on social media, you might have seen the photo at the top of this post already (and if you don’t, why not?!  Haha).  I had a really positive first experience, which I want to share with you.  I’ve had a lot of feedback and questions about this series of posts, so I want to make sure I give as much detail as possible, to try and help others decide whether it might be something for them to try.

Hydrotherapy Treatment for ME Fibromyalgia

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